Los Altos police statistics on the cause of bike accidents in Los Altos, CA 2004 to 2009.
Most collisions in Los Altos is the fault of the cyclist traveling at an 'unsafe speed.' Only a single motorist in five years was caught driving too fast. Police bias, anyone?
Here's a typical scenario: a cyclist is cruising down Foothill Expressway at 30 MPH (which has a 45 MPH speed limit through Los Altos). A driver merging onto Foothill from El Monte guns it, thinking he can beat the cyclist through the merge, and hits the cyclist.
This is clearly a right-of-way violation by the motorist. The responding police officer reports, however, that the cyclist was riding too fast for conditions and couldn't stop in time to avoid the collision. Hence, it's the cyclist's fault.
From the Los Altos Bicycle Transportation Plan created by Alta Planning www.altaprojects.net/index.php/download_file/view/609/